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Classic cut

The 2001/02 season was memorable for that Zinédine Zidane goal in the final – but we also need to give kudos to some lovely centralised crests

WORDS Tayler Willson | PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Ower

SPARTA PRAHA

Utilising one of Nike’s cleanest designs of the early 2000s, the Czech club’s cherished burgundy adorns this classic silhouette. Along with black detailing on the collar and cuffs, the shirt features a minimalist chest logo below Sparta’s familiar crest, all tied into a sleek look thanks to the smooth and shiny fabric. Despite their impressive attire, the Prague outfit didn’t quite make it to the knockout stages, edged out of a last-eight spot by Real Madrid and Panathinaikos.

BAYER LEVERKUSEN

In a campaign dubbed the “nearly” season for the German side, Leverkusen came close to winning the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup – only to end up empty-handed. The results brought heartbreak, no doubt, but the likes of Michael Ballack, Oliver Neuville, Lúcio, Zé Roberto and a young Dimitar Berbatov certainly looked the part on their travels in this aqua-coloured away strip, bolstered by contrasting panels down either side and the adidas stripes on either arm. The sturdy, thick collar, meanwhile, offered a slightly alternative look for adidas at the time.

SPARTA PRAHA

Utilising one of Nike’s cleanest designs of the early 2000s, the Czech club’s cherished burgundy adorns this classic silhouette. Along with black detailing on the collar and cuffs, the shirt features a minimalist chest logo below Sparta’s familiar crest, all tied into a sleek look thanks to the smooth and shiny fabric. Despite their impressive attire, the Prague outfit didn’t quite make it to the knockout stages, edged out of a last-eight spot by Real Madrid and Panathinaikos.

BAYER LEVERKUSEN

In a campaign dubbed the “nearly” season for the German side, Leverkusen came close to winning the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup – only to end up empty-handed. The results brought heartbreak, no doubt, but the likes of Michael Ballack, Oliver Neuville, Lúcio, Zé Roberto and a young Dimitar Berbatov certainly looked the part on their travels in this aqua-coloured away strip, bolstered by contrasting panels down either side and the adidas stripes on either arm. The sturdy, thick collar, meanwhile, offered a slightly alternative look for adidas at the time.

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LIVERPOOL

Sometimes simplicity really is the key to success. Reebok’s history in football kits left a lot to be desired in 2001, yet the company’s work with Liverpool that season oozed class. Introducing a crisp white collar and cuffs alongside bright yellow detailing, the shirt (worn only on European nights) displayed a centralised logo and a deconstructed crest and sponsor combination atop Liverpool’s famous red base. Led by the late Gérard Houllier the side, boasting Michael Owen, Milan Baroš and Sami Hyypiä, met their match in the Champions League quarter-finals that term, falling to Leverkusen.

BARCELONA

When given a fresh glimpse of Barcelona’s 2001/02 home strip, it’s tempting to wonder why we don’t see centralised logos and crests more often. Crafted with Barça’s archetypal blue and red stripes, alongside navy patches and golden detailing, everything (down to the playful font on the reverse) reminds us of an often unplayable team, dressed to impress. Rivaldo, Frank de Boer, Patrick Kluivert, Carles Puyol and co reached the semi-finals of that season’s competition under coach Carles Rexach, losing to arch-rivals and eventual winners Real Madrid.

Shirts courtesy of Classic Football Shirts

SPARTA PRAHA

Utilising one of Nike’s cleanest designs of the early 2000s, the Czech club’s cherished burgundy adorns this classic silhouette. Along with black detailing on the collar and cuffs, the shirt features a minimalist chest logo below Sparta’s familiar crest, all tied into a sleek look thanks to the smooth and shiny fabric. Despite their impressive attire, the Prague outfit didn’t quite make it to the knockout stages, edged out of a last-eight spot by Real Madrid and Panathinaikos.

BAYER LEVERKUSEN

In a campaign dubbed the “nearly” season for the German side, Leverkusen came close to winning the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup – only to end up empty-handed. The results brought heartbreak, no doubt, but the likes of Michael Ballack, Oliver Neuville, Lúcio, Zé Roberto and a young Dimitar Berbatov certainly looked the part on their travels in this aqua-coloured away strip, bolstered by contrasting panels down either side and the adidas stripes on either arm. The sturdy, thick collar, meanwhile, offered a slightly alternative look for adidas at the time.

Classic cut
Fashion

Classic cut

The 2001/02 season was memorable for that Zinédine Zidane goal in the final – but we also need to give kudos to some lovely centralised crests

WORDS Tayler Willson | PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Ower

SPARTA PRAHA

Utilising one of Nike’s cleanest designs of the early 2000s, the Czech club’s cherished burgundy adorns this classic silhouette. Along with black detailing on the collar and cuffs, the shirt features a minimalist chest logo below Sparta’s familiar crest, all tied into a sleek look thanks to the smooth and shiny fabric. Despite their impressive attire, the Prague outfit didn’t quite make it to the knockout stages, edged out of a last-eight spot by Real Madrid and Panathinaikos.

BAYER LEVERKUSEN

In a campaign dubbed the “nearly” season for the German side, Leverkusen came close to winning the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup – only to end up empty-handed. The results brought heartbreak, no doubt, but the likes of Michael Ballack, Oliver Neuville, Lúcio, Zé Roberto and a young Dimitar Berbatov certainly looked the part on their travels in this aqua-coloured away strip, bolstered by contrasting panels down either side and the adidas stripes on either arm. The sturdy, thick collar, meanwhile, offered a slightly alternative look for adidas at the time.

Penalty Pedigree

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SPARTA PRAHA

Utilising one of Nike’s cleanest designs of the early 2000s, the Czech club’s cherished burgundy adorns this classic silhouette. Along with black detailing on the collar and cuffs, the shirt features a minimalist chest logo below Sparta’s familiar crest, all tied into a sleek look thanks to the smooth and shiny fabric. Despite their impressive attire, the Prague outfit didn’t quite make it to the knockout stages, edged out of a last-eight spot by Real Madrid and Panathinaikos.

BAYER LEVERKUSEN

In a campaign dubbed the “nearly” season for the German side, Leverkusen came close to winning the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup – only to end up empty-handed. The results brought heartbreak, no doubt, but the likes of Michael Ballack, Oliver Neuville, Lúcio, Zé Roberto and a young Dimitar Berbatov certainly looked the part on their travels in this aqua-coloured away strip, bolstered by contrasting panels down either side and the adidas stripes on either arm. The sturdy, thick collar, meanwhile, offered a slightly alternative look for adidas at the time.

Read the full story
Sign up now to get access to this and every premium feature on Champions Journal. You will also get access to member-only competitions and offers. And you get all of that completely free!

LIVERPOOL

Sometimes simplicity really is the key to success. Reebok’s history in football kits left a lot to be desired in 2001, yet the company’s work with Liverpool that season oozed class. Introducing a crisp white collar and cuffs alongside bright yellow detailing, the shirt (worn only on European nights) displayed a centralised logo and a deconstructed crest and sponsor combination atop Liverpool’s famous red base. Led by the late Gérard Houllier the side, boasting Michael Owen, Milan Baroš and Sami Hyypiä, met their match in the Champions League quarter-finals that term, falling to Leverkusen.

BARCELONA

When given a fresh glimpse of Barcelona’s 2001/02 home strip, it’s tempting to wonder why we don’t see centralised logos and crests more often. Crafted with Barça’s archetypal blue and red stripes, alongside navy patches and golden detailing, everything (down to the playful font on the reverse) reminds us of an often unplayable team, dressed to impress. Rivaldo, Frank de Boer, Patrick Kluivert, Carles Puyol and co reached the semi-finals of that season’s competition under coach Carles Rexach, losing to arch-rivals and eventual winners Real Madrid.

Shirts courtesy of Classic Football Shirts

SPARTA PRAHA

Utilising one of Nike’s cleanest designs of the early 2000s, the Czech club’s cherished burgundy adorns this classic silhouette. Along with black detailing on the collar and cuffs, the shirt features a minimalist chest logo below Sparta’s familiar crest, all tied into a sleek look thanks to the smooth and shiny fabric. Despite their impressive attire, the Prague outfit didn’t quite make it to the knockout stages, edged out of a last-eight spot by Real Madrid and Panathinaikos.

BAYER LEVERKUSEN

In a campaign dubbed the “nearly” season for the German side, Leverkusen came close to winning the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup – only to end up empty-handed. The results brought heartbreak, no doubt, but the likes of Michael Ballack, Oliver Neuville, Lúcio, Zé Roberto and a young Dimitar Berbatov certainly looked the part on their travels in this aqua-coloured away strip, bolstered by contrasting panels down either side and the adidas stripes on either arm. The sturdy, thick collar, meanwhile, offered a slightly alternative look for adidas at the time.

Penalty Pedigree

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